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JoJo's 'Sabotage' Is For Anyone Who Knows They've Screwed Up Relationships

JoJo's new era is rolling right along! The singer returned earlier this month with "Joanna," a brutally honest number that acted less as a single and more of a mission statement for her next chapter. Now, we've gotten the first official taste of her upcoming fourth album with the equally raw "Sabotage." The soulful confessional finds JoJo holding herself accountable for her behavior in past relationships and second-guessing if she did her ex wrong. "Every time I hear them talking 'bout you / I wonder, did I play myself / And sabotage love?" she wonders over a mellow, groovy beat. Buzzing rapper Chika lays down some introspective bars of her own, admitting, "I'm not a saint, but damn it if I don't come with confessions / It's easy to block our blessings, mistakes are for learning lessons." There's something beautifully old-school about "Sabotage," and it's refreshing to hear a pop artist really dive i

Chance The Rapper Brought Out Megan Thee Stallion For A Collar-Popping SNL Performance

Chance The Rapper was all over Saturday Night Live as both the host and musical guest last night (October 26). He appeared in nearly every skit of the night and gave two performances of "Zanies And Fools" and "Handsome," the latter featuring a surprise appearance from Megan The Stallion. It was his second time hosting and the show and we definitely hope that it won't be his last. Chance's opening monologue started with him offering full support for the Chicago Teachers Union during their ongoing strike. Afterward, he did a song that paid homage to Chicago, his hometown. Somehow, Burger King, Luigi from the Super Mario franchise, and Percy Jackson & The Olympians series end up in the awesomely funny tune. From there, Chance was central in a ton of skits. He was a psychotic host with a bloody toaster in "Tasty Toaster Tarts." While going through his pantry of snacks, his friends start to realize that something's seriously wrong. But once th

DC Universe's Stargirl Series Reportedly Moving to The CW

Stargirl, the Geoff Johns-helmed series developed for the DC Universe app, will reportedly head to The CW, where it will be modified somewhat to fit the standards and format of broadcast television. The rumor comes from Collider's Jeff Sneider, who tweeted it, noting that uncut episodes (likely for length rather than language or violence, since it is Stargirl after all) may make their way to HBO Max down the line. Such a claim will, depending on your perspective, probably either seem like yet another unsubstantiated claim to make the DC Universe service seem doomed -- or reinforce your feeling that the service is doomed. Sneider discusses the issue on his The Sneider Cut podcast, which you can hear linked in the tweet below. The discussion of Stargirl happens around 40 minutes in. Such rumors have been around since DC Universe launched, and have gone into high gear as the HBO Max launch gets ever closer. While DC and Warner Bros. have regularly rejected the narrative that DC U

Power Rangers Zeo Blue Ranger Figure Kicks Off Hasbro's Lightning Collection Wave 4

At MCM Comic Con in London over the weekend, Hasbro added one more Power Rangers announcement to their massive Wave 3 Lightning Collection reveal last week. The Power Rangers Zeo Lightning Collection Blue Ranger 6-Inch figure has been unveiled as the first Wave 4 release and it's available to pre-order here with shipping slated for March (note that this is also the first figure to be hit with the $20 to $22 tariff price increase). The official description is available below - pay special attention to the detail regarding the rest of the figures in the wave... "The Zeo Blue Ranger Figure features premium paint and decorative details inspired by the show. It includes over 20 points of articulation for high poseability, swappable heads of the Ranger with and without his helmet, 5 character-inspired accessories including the Blue Ranger's Zeo Power Axes, and an extra pair of hands for more ways to play or display. Look for other collectible figures in this series, including

Common Weighs In On The ‘Top 50 Rappers’ Debate And The Current State Of Hip-Hop

The fiery deliberation around the list sent hip-hop heads butting everywhere. Amended Top 50 Rappers rankings cropped up afterward and fueled more disputes among fans, including one from T.I. and Hot 97's Ebro Darden and Paul Rosenberg.  Aside from the names on the list themselves, many hip-hop fans also objected to the qualifiedness of the creators behind these lists.  In 2019, Common is unarguably one of the most qualifiable rap veterans to speak on the current state of the genre.   Preceded by his esteemed legacy of three Grammy wins and 16 Recording Academy nods, applauded hip-hop activism, widespread music industry reverence and his own record label imprint, the treasured hip-hop Chicagoan released his twelfth studio album, Let Love, in August 2019. Simultaneously, this month marked the onset of the internet's viral Top 50 Rappers Of All Time debate, triggered by an indiscriminate tweet from "The Brew Podcast". After chopping up hip-hop lyricism with Comm

RUMOR: ‘Stargirl’ TV Series Moving From DC Universe To The CW

According to a new rumor, the upcoming Stargirl series is set to move from the DC Universe streaming service to The CW. This rumor comes courtesy of Collider's Jeff Sneider, who claimed on his podcast The Sneider Cut that Stargirl may be making the move from DC Universe to The CW, signifying that episodes will need to be recut to fit into The CW's network broadcast standards. Sneider also claims that uncut episodes for Stargirl may be made available to stream exclusively on Warner Bros. Entertainment's upcoming streaming service, HBO Max. DC Universe gave Stargirl a series order back in 2018 for 13 episodes. DC Comics' Geoff Johns wrote the pilot for the upcoming series and served as an executive producer alongside The CW's Arrowverse producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Production for the series began back in March in Dallas, Georgia. What do you make of this rumor? Do you think Stargirl making the jump from DC Universe to The CW would be a good move? If

Indulging the Pop Stylings of Evelyn Landow

Indulging the Pop Stylings of Evelyn Landow With a new LP just released, indie-pop artist Evelyn Landow strives to set a bit of a new standard. Bearing all, the artist delves into her songs and the outcome is a strong effort in the arena of today's indie and dream pop music. Notable are her indelible arrangements and vocal hooks over ambient and catchy synths, keys and guitars. A staple feel for the record as a whole. The LP dubbed "The Mirror Within" showcases not just a knack for blending instrumentation but also production. Songs come through crisp and catchy and the album never gets dull. It is something to give a listen to as a full piece. Maybe on a good long drive or hanging out with yourself for a night. Evelyn has released a great catalog of material already and this album seems to fit as a culmination of her work at the moment. An outstanding indie pop album through and through.  https://open.spotify.com/ album/05uDTUP2DkLKcgF5AviJ6a https://evel

Flower Church Shows A Darker Side Of Alt-Indie Rock

Flower Church Shows A Darker Side Of Alt-Indie Rock The new LP from Flower Church feels like a personal journey through chapters in one songwriters life. Giving off an edgy alternative vibe, songs still get mellow and dark at times while remaining catchy. "Reality's Reverie" is the first single  from the upcoming album and it flows smoothly into it's catchy chorus that sticks with you. Dark as the album is, the songs are mostly pop songs in a slightly grungy way.  Fueled by honesty and emotion, the  Pretend  LP is an ever changing record going through fuzzy rock songs like "Does She Even Care Anymore" and clean toned garage pop tracks like "Born and Burden". Either way the record has a lot to soak in and we suggest you do.  The  Pretend  LP is  set to be released on Halloween everywhere but right now you can listen here:  https://flowerchurch. bandcamp.com/album/pretend https://soundcloud.com/user- 782594339 https://www.in

'The Batman' star Robert Pattinson on his 'cool' Batsuit, not facing Joaquin Phoenix's Joker and the horror of 'Lighthouse' flatulence

With Zoë Kravitz and Paul Dano in place as Catwoman and the Riddler, respectively, Batman is going to have quite the rogues gallery when he rejoins the DC Extended Universe in 2021 in the form of Robert Pattinson. The one villain the new Dark Knight definitely won't be meeting, though, is Joaquin Phoenix's Clown Prince of Crime, who is currently making a killing at the box office in his controversial solo movie. Joker director Todd Phillips has already said that Phoenix won't appear in Matt Reeves's The Batman, and Pattinson confirms as much to Yahoo Entertainment while talking about his new movie, The Lighthouse. "It's kind of a different world," the actor says of Phillips's film, adding that he still hasn't seen Joker. "I might watch it tonight! Joaquin is the best — he's awesome in everything." For the record, Pattinson also claims he hasn't seen the final version of his new Batsuit, which is still hidden from public

Miley Cyrus's New Album May Feature Cardi B And Shawn Mendes

Miley Cyrus is coming... again. After kicking off her new era in May with She Is Coming, Cyrus said she would follow up with two more EPs that would ultimately comprise a full-length project titled She Is Miley Cyrus. But it appears the 26-year-old may be jumping straight to album mode, if her recent Instagram Live is any indication. On Sunday (October 20), Cyrus took to IG to give fans a tour of her animal-filled L.A. abode, which included her home office. There, viewers got a look at a whiteboard with what appears to be a tracklist and a November 23 release date (which also happens to be MC's birthday). The 13-song list includes a smattering of tracks from She Is Coming â€" "Mother's Daughter," "Party Up The Street," and the RuPaul-assisted "Cattitude" â€" as well as the recent single "Slide Away." Interestingly, there may be a couple more collaborations on the docket â€" eagle-eyed fans noted that "Naked&

Marvel Creating ‘Substantial’ Number of Exclusive Podcasts for SiriusXM

Marvel's Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Star-Lord — and potentially more characters down the road — are getting their own podcasts on SiriusXM and Pandora. SiriusXM and Marvel Entertainment announced a multiyear pact under which Marvel will create a "substantial amount" of exclusive podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora, including both scripted and unscripted series and themed live events. The podcasts are set to debut in 2020. In addition, SiriusXM and Pandora will also debut many of Marvel's most popular podcasts before they can be heard anywhere else. Included in Marvel's slate of upcoming programming are four new scripted series, each 10 episodes, based around Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Star-Lord, as well as a fifth series in which all four team up. Unscripted podcasts will look at Marvel's history through a modern-day lens of pop culture, along with podcasts dedicated to popular Marvel franchises and regular talk shows. "Powerf

Juice WRLD's 'Lucid Dreams' Is The Subject Of A $15 Million Lawsuit

Juice WRLD's been hit with a huge lawsuit by pop-punk band Yellowcard, outlets are reporting, who claim that "Lucid Dreams," Juice WRLD's breakout 2018 single, copies melodic elements of their 2006 song "Holly Wood Died." The case is set to the tune of a whopping $15 million. Along with financial compensation, the band is looking for co-ownership of the song and royalties as well. The Yellowcard members aren't just suing Juice WRLD; they're including nearly everyone connected with the record: producer Nicholas Mira, co-writer Taz Taylor, Interscope Records, and more. Since the song was instrumental in breaking Juice WRLD to mainstream America, they're also looking for revenue from his concert tours and public appearances. To establish the song's similarities, they point to a "melodic idiosyncrasy" called a melisma, which, according to the band, appears in a "parallel position" in both songs. There's also the f

Fire The Bellboy delivers a fury of catchy alt rock

Fire The Bellboy delivers a fury of catchy alt rock Alternative rock has many names, sub-genres, and variations. So it's great when we hear something that leaves us an a slight awe. Now, Fire The Bellboy I'm sure must have gone through their own songwriting process by the time they got to the sound acquired on their new Ep "The One Who Started It". But that sound, the one the landed on, is a sonic expansion of pop and alternative rock all around. The Ep does keep to a less conformed sort of pop rock feel a lot, but also takes that influence and contorts it into something very cool. The featured song and single from the Ep made up of 3 titles, is called "Polyglot". This is a perfect example of the sonic expansion we speak of.  Rock out with them on your favorite place to listen to new music! https://firethebellboy. bandcamp.com/ https://open.spotify.com/ artist/7sHQVdWwDYDhdvNpiKireg https://www.instagram.com/ firethebellboy/ https://

Rappers Yo-Yo & Da Brat Explain Hip Hop's Gendered Double Standard: "You Always Want to Be F--kable"

Since the Grammys first introduced an award for Best Rap Performance in 1989, just two of its recipients have been women. Rap icons and industry pioneers Yo-Yo and Da Brat look back at challenges faced by hip hop's women artists in this clip from Sunday's new True Hollywood Story, which will explore some aspects of sexism and sidelining amid a historically male-fronted music scene. "Hip hop female artists continuously reinvent themselves," Yo-Yo, a 1996 Grammy nominee and longtime female empowerment advocate, tells the camera. "You have to constantly stay hot or they move on to someone else." Da Brat agrees that "you're expected to look a certain way" and "they want you to be beautiful," something she notes isn't true for men in similar positions. "Look at Biggie and Heavy D," she bites, going on to say that as a woman trying to hold her own in the hip hop space, "You always want to be f--kable." I

New DC Universe Timeline Revealed

There are big changes coming to the DC Universe. That shouldn't come as a surprise, as DC continuity is always in flux, something recently illustrated in the pages of Doomsday Clock, which introduced the concept of a "metaverse" that allows for events of the past to shift as new stories are told. But still, superhero history can be tricky to navigate, and DC Comics is looking to clarify it all with a new timeline.   Comic book time is a historically fluid affair, operating on a "sliding scale" that allows characters to age only at the pace necessary for the story (if at all), and very few characters are tied to specific dates in history. DC Comics continuity has generally avoided "fixing" its characters to particular points of the past, with notable exceptions for those who were necessarily of their era, like various Western heroes (Jonah Hex, Bat Lash) or the Justice Society of America, whose early adventures take place between approximately 1939

77 Skeletons by Morsifire is DEEP #Flyahreview

Far and few artist can make good music that can cross genres. Morsifire can, and when you hear him say “I seen the devil two times,” on 77 Skeletons, you get the feeling, he knows it. Born Andrew Seely and raised by his drug addicted single mother, Morsifire’s experiences are packed not only in the visually effective video for 77 Skeletons, but also apparent in the rock inspired hook. Morsifire transcends even higher; on the track “Contact”,  when he pulls you in and stops mid verse and raps, “ She’s actually gone.” Moments like when he reflects on going through the pain of loosing his sister, “Every September,” sheds light of the fact that Morsifire has been through enough heartfelt experiences to fill any rhyme book. This coupled with his genre jumping style, informs us we are in for a journey.  In a time when it may be a bit harder to find great music, tune into Morisfire’s debut LP, Metanoia you’ll be glad you did.  Nigel illbadaa Greer

Rocket produces very energetic pop #Flyah Review

Performing with high energy, Indie pop rock band Rocket has boosted their morale to be acclaimed like groups such as Paramore & Social Distortion. They have been committed to their craft since their formation in 2013; being the voice against naysayers claiming that they don't fit in, Rocket continue to break down the stereotype with their single "Giants". When i first played this magical song I was instantly drawn in by the lyrics and energy of the vibe; I was immediately brought into the perspective by the lead singer of Rocket, Janelle Barreto, pushing the envelope forward by expressing and depicting the ruling of the stars above while fighting against the doubters.   The song speaks about holding on to hope giving revelation that it's time to shine in the sense of love.  This concept is feeding us motivation and strength to over come any battle.  Giants is a record that can be played on an everyday basis to uplift your spirits and make you think you can

Humdrum Sun Drops their Indie rock Single "More Armor"

Humdrum Sun Drops their Indie rock Single "More Armor" "More Armor" is a very poppy, fun, indie rock track with hints of pop punk and more. It's extremely easy to get sucked into the energy of the song and it does become quite addicting fast. The end of the track brings to mind bands like Weezer with garage toned guitars and a damn strong spirit.  For Humdrum Sun, the single is a taste of what's to come on their upcoming release set to be a full length album. Either way these guys have a great sound and once you get "More Armor" into your blood stream you'll certainly want some more.  Check out the single at:  https://humdrumsun.com/ https://soundcloud.com/ sumdrumhun https://humdrumsun.bandcamp. com/

The Dream-Pop of Anson Jones

The Dream-Pop of Anson Jones  Anson Jones definitely utilizes his experience in production and songwriting in his Wait & Wait EP. Flowing synths, and passionate vocals, songs swell with emotion the deeper you dig in. The thing about this EP is that even though it's certainly powerful dream pop, there is more emphasis on the pop side of things.  "Let You Go" seeps in and doesn't let go. There's plenty going on in the atmosphere of the track that keeps it growing. Building instruments and melodies swirl around into a solid piece of work.  A very strong effort from  Anson Jones you can listen to everywhere!  https://anson-jones.com/ https://open.spotify.com/ artist/5ZYjMeSTtp6iQFSGvfc10C https://soundcloud.com/ ansonjonesmusik https://www.facebook.com/ AnsonJonesMusik/ https://www.instagram.com/ ansonjonesmusik/